Online Continuing Education FAQs

What is online continuing education?

Online continuing education courses are non-credit hours generally characterized by the issuance of a certificate of completion.  Courses are entirely online.

What is the difference between an online course versus a traditional face-to-face course?

An online course is an electronic transfer of skills and knowledge via the Internet; it can be self-paced or instructor-led.  A traditional face-to-face course is in-person and generally lecture-based.

How long are the online continuing education courses?

  • Majority of courses are only six weeks to complete.
  • The certificate programs require six to twelve months to complete.

Is there an instructor online that I can ask questions?

For instructor-led courses, there is an instructor that will address student questions via message boards, discussion boards or by e-mail methods. For courses that are self-paced, a content or subject matter expert will address questions via the same methodology.

Are the online continuing education courses all online?

Yes.  To access your online course,  the following are required,  Internet access, e-mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox web browser, and Adobe Flash and PDF and any type of computer.

Are credit hours earned for an online continuing education course?

No.  All continuing education courses are non-credit; however, a certificate of completion is awarded at the successful conclusion of the course

Are there entrance requirements or prerequisites prior to enrollment?

Online continuing education courses are open to individuals 17 years of age or older. No minimum grade point average or academic coursework is required.

What kind of media format is used for online courses?

Text, image, animation, streaming video, and audio.

Are textbooks required?

All materials are included in the online course unless otherwise noted on course syllabus.

What are some of the online CE courses offered?

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • College Readiness
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition
  • Health Care and Medical
  • Languages – Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin …
  • Law and Legal
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Marketing your Business on the Internet
  • PMP® Certification Prep
  • Real Estate Investing
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search

What are the benefits of online courses?

  1. Convenient and fast-track training
  2. Classes start every month
  3. 24/7 access
  4. Content and subject matter experts available
  5. Course easy to enroll, login, navigate and use
  6. Complete most courses in just 6 weeks
  7. Affordable tuition

Is Financial Assistance available?

How do I get started?

Visit http://www.hccs.edu/district/students/apply/ or call 713.718.5149 for a complete list of the Online Continuing Education course catalogue including start and end dates, registration, and tuition information.  See you online!